COLUMBUS, Ohio - The eighth-ranked Ohio State men's volleyball team opened its home schedule with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-18) win over Lees-McRae Friday at St. John Arena. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 2-2 on the early season.
Freshman Michael Henchy finished with nine kills and three service aces to lead the Scarlet and Gray. Redshirt freshman Shawn Herron and redshirt junior John Tholen had seven kills, while seniors Shawn Sangrey and Mik Berzins had five. Redshirt sophomore Danny Baker had five digs as did junior setter Kyle Lawrence, who also dished out 25 assists.
The Bobcats were led by Jose Ribas with a match-best 11 kills. Setter Randy Ramirez had 28 assists, while libero Efrain Negron had a match-high nine digs.
Ohio State opened set one on a 6-3 run highlighted by a pair of service aces from Henchy. LMCU fought back to come within one at 9-8, but the Buckeyes extended its lead to four at 17-13 on a Herron service ace. A Bobcat attack error pushed Ohio State's lead to five at 23-18 and back-to-back kills from Henchy and Sangrey sealed the 25-19 victory.
After the teams exchanged points early in set two, a pair of kills by Nick Gibson and a Bobcat attack error led Ohio State to a 7-4 advantage. A LMCU kill cut the Buckeye lead to one at 10-9, but two straight kills from Sangrey gave OSU another three-point lead at 14-11. The Buckeyes held on to its lead straight through to the end for the 25-21 win.
A pair of 3-0 runs gave Ohio State a 7-3 lead to start the final set. A kill from Berzins triggered another rally for the Buckeyes and a kill from Tholen put OSU up 14-8. The Scarlet and Gray solidified the set with kills from Henchy and Grayson Overman, winning 25-18.
The Buckeyes return to St. John Arena Saturday, hosting a 7 p.m. match against No. 7 Penn State. Prior to the start, Ohio State will honor its 2011 National Championship title by dropping the championship banner. The first 500 fans will receive a commemorative poster and admission is free.